On Sept. 9, Grammy award winning artist Lecrae, released his highly anticipated album “Anomaly.”
The album has lived up to the awaited success, charting at #2 and #1 on the Billboard charts. The album was only behind One Direction’s “Four” on the iTunes top overall albums chart and #1 overall for Hip Hop and R&B albums.
“Anomaly” marks as the seventh project released by Lecrae. Anticipation behind the record gradually rose as the third single, “All I Need Is You” charted at number one on the iTunes top songs chart. The song surpassed the likes of Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” and Jessie J’s “Bang Bang.”
Landing the number one overall spot made Lecrae the first artist within Christian Hip Hop to ever have a song chart at number one on iTunes.
The project also has the hit singles, “Nuthin” and “Fear” which both made the top 10 overall songs when released on iTunes.
The album continues the mainstream sound Lecrae seems to have been aiming for since his classic mix tape from 2012, “Church Clothes” vol. 1. With features like Kari Jobe, Andy Mineo and Crystal Nicole, “Anomaly” has appeal to music fans of all variety.
Songs like “Welcome to America,” “Runners” and “Timepiece,” provide crafty lyrics and bass lines for hip-hop fans, while “Messengers,” “Broken” and “All I Need Is You” is easy on the listener, great for radio and appealing to the ladies.
From a statistical standpoint, Lecrae seems to be succeeding at his attempt to infiltrate the mainstream music culture with his faith, a goal that he has made known for several times since 2012 with his variety of musical collaborations. “Christian is my faith,” Lecrae said on BET’s 106 & Park, “not my genre.”
Regardless of your musical preference, “Anomaly” is sure to have something for everyone. Lecrae has now worked with the likes of Big KRIT,
Isaac Carree, Don Cannon, Mary Mary, Paul Wall and B.O.B.
Lecrae’s new album is released on the brink of “The Anomaly Tour.” The tour will feature DJ Promote, Andy Mineo, and other special guests based upon locations. The tour kicks off Oct. 2 in Tulsa at the Bank of Oklahoma Center at 7 p.m.